The Chihuahua Poodle mix has become known as the ChiPoo or the PooChi. These desginer dogs are not recognized by the AKC, however they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.
The size and appearance of the ChiPoo will vary, and may resemble either the Poodle or Chihuahua more closely. As a puppy the ChiPoo will commonly have a black overcoat which will become gray as an adult, with a black stripe down the middle of the back. Their coat will tend to resemble a Poodle’s, however their build, ears and the shape of the head will vary.
Their ears may lay flat next to the head or stand erect. Some may have a combination of this, with the base of the ear upright, and the tip folding downwards. The tail is usually inherited from the Chihuahua, with some breeders choosing to dock this whilst the animal is still young. They may measure 5 to 15 inches in height, and weigh from 5 to 20 pounds. The ideal ChiPoo should be agile, small, well proportioned, sturdy and possess a lively expression. The average life expectancy for a ChiPoo tends to be up to 15 years or longer.
ChiPoos are loyal, affectionate, energetic and outgoing dogs. They tend to inherit the Chihuahua characteristic of becoming attached to one family member, and like to cuddle and sit on their owners lap. They are suspicious of strangers and will alert their owners to anything out of the ordinary.
Care must be taken that they are introduced to other people and animals as a puppy, since this may lead to separation issues and over protectiveness in later life. If not properly socialized they can be snappy with children and other dogs, therefore early socialization and obedience are therefore recommended.
Training must be conducted with patience, consistency, fairness and firmness, since the Chihuahua Poodle mix will not respond to heavy handed methods. Chipoos are not recommended for homes with young children.
ChiPoos are independent dogs and my almost appear to be bossy at times. They can be stubborn at times, however, they are very intelligent, eager to please and love praise. As a result, they are easy to train.
This Chihuahua mix is predominantly an indoor dog and is well suited to living in an apartment, provided they have room for running and playing and they are mentally and physically stimulated. They also like the outdoors and enjoy walks as long as it isn’t too cold and they are wearing a sweater or a coat.
The Chihuahua Poodle mix is prone to skin conditions, ear infections, epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and slipped stifle, keep an eye out for these and consult your vet immediately should you suspect anything is out of the ordinary.
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